La police au Québec: Intouchable? Line Beauchesne au lancement de la revue Droits et libertés

Crédt: S. Berthiaume

Crédt: S. Berthiaume

Le mercredi 30 janvier à Gatineau aura lieu le lancement du dernier numéro de la revue Droits et libertés de la Ligue des droits et libertés. Le numéro s’intitule La police au Québec…Intouchable? Line Beauchesne (Professeure titulaire) est l’une des invitées à cette table ronde.

Mercredi 30 janvier, 17h à 19h, au bistrot Le Troquet, 41 rue Laval, Gatineau

Pour plus d’information, voir la page Facebook

Report by CPEP's Jail Accountability and Information Line (J.A.I.L) is all over the news

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We recently posted about the report released by the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project (CPEP) about the 148 calls it received in the first month operating their JAIL / Jail Accountability and Information Line . Sarah Speight (CPEP member and uOttawa student) and Souheil Benslimane (CPEP member) were all over the news today discussing the report and the issues denounced by prisoners at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC). Listen to them on CBC’s All In A Day, or read what they have to say on the CBC News website or in the Ottawa Citizen. Even the Halifax Examiner mentions the hotline today and argues that such a hotline is needed in Halifax as well.

CPEP's Jail Accountability and Information Line releases first monthly report

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Last month, the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project launched the JAIL / Jail Accountability and Information Line to work with prisoners and their loved ones to improve conditions of confinement at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC), as well as connect them with community care and service providers to facilitate safe re-entry for those exiting the Innes Road jail.

Today, the JAIL hotline released its first monthly on conditions of confinement at OCDC. Medical and mental health cited were cited as the primary area of concern in approximately a quarter of the 148 calls they received in month one of their operations. To learn more about their findings and recommendations, consult their press release, read their report, or browse through the report highlights. Also check-out what the Innes Road Jail Prisoners’ Collective is reporting and recommending through a piece shared with the JAIL hotline.

If you are a uOttawa student or concerned community member who wishes to join the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project to work on the JAIL hotline or other initiatives like the #NOPE / No Ottawa Prison Expansion campaign, contact Justin Piché (Associate Professor) via email (

24 janvier: Lancement d'un numéro de la revue Criminologie sur la prise en charge suicide

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Comme nous l’avons annoncé récemment, Jean-François Cauchie (Professeur agrégé), Patrice Corriveau (Professeur titulaire) et Isabelle Perreault (Professeure agrégée) ont dirigé un numéro thématique de la revue Criminologie intitulé Prise en charge du suicide: entre crime, troubles mentaux et droit de mourir. Le numéro inclut par ailleurs un article de notre collègue David Joubert (Professeur agrégé).

Le lancement du numéro aura lieu le jeudi 24 janvier, 16h00 à 17h30, au FSS 5028.

L'AÉC invite les étudiant(e)s à un événement de résautage / The CSA invites students to a networking event

The Criminology Student Association invites students to a networking event.

Title: Coffee & Croissants - a networking event 
Date: Tuesday January 22nd at 4pm-7pm
Room: FSS 4004
Description: Come learn about various opportunities to get involved within the field of criminology, by discussing possible volunteer opportunities and careers with professors, amid other professionals. Learn what you can do with your degree and start planning what's next, all the while enjoying so delicious baked goods and coffee! Check out the Facebook event.

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L’association des étudiant(e)s en criminologie invite les étudiant(e)s à un événement de résautage.
Titre: Café & Croissants - un événement réseautage
Date: Mardi, le 22 Janvier de 16h à 19h
Room: FSS 4004
Description: Joignez-vous à nous pour connaître les possibilités d'implications dans le champ de la criminologie, en discutant avec des professeurs et professionnels des activités bénévoles et carrières qui existent. Découvrez ce que vous pouvez faire avec votre diplôme et commencez à planifier la suite, tout en dégustant des viennoiseries et du café. Consultez la page Facebook.

Michael Kempa in the Globe & Mail about the Toronto Police

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Michael Kempa (Associate Professor) is cited in a Globe & Mail article revealing that 75% of all Toronto Police officers are not Toronto residents. Kempa says it’s always likely that some officers will live outside, but he argues that “there is a tipping point, where the police become less a part of the community and more like a well-intentioned occupying force. […] I’d say once you get over half you’re likely to start encountering problems.” Read the full story here.

New publication by Martin Dufresne and Dominique Robert on the technological assessment of mental health problems

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Martin Dufresne (Associate Professor) , Dominique Robert (Associate Professor) and their colleague participated in the writing of the new book Security and Risk; Technologies in Criminal Justice. Authors of the fifth chapter entitled Enrolling Brain Imaging: How Psychopathy Becomes a "Neuro" Fact, they are exploring the place occupied by the tools that are used to diagnose a mental health issue as a potential risk factor while using of a critical perspective to do so.

David Moffette and his colleague publish an article on sanctuary city organizing

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David Moffette (Assistant Professor) and Jennifer Ridgley (Geography, Carleton) published an article in the inaugural issue of Migration and Society. The essay, titled “Sanctuary City Organizing in Canada: From Hospitality to Solidarity”, looks at recent campaigns aimed at building, legislating, and enforcing municipal commitments to alleviating and resisting the harms done by federal immigration enforcement” in Canada. “The authors—who are themselves involved in sanctuary city organizing—reflect on the concept [of sanctuary], and offer a critical assessment of these organizing efforts. [They] provide a brief history of these campaigns in Canada, discuss the impact of these policies in cities where they have been adopted, reflect on the types of politics that inform notions of sanctuary, hospitality, solidarity, and resistance, and offer some lessons for moving forward.”

CPEP launches the Jail Accountability and Information Line

Since 2012, the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project (CPEP) has brought together University of Ottawa and Carleton University professors and students, as well as former prisoners and other concerned members of the community to conduct research on, and raise awareness about, the need to reduce the use of imprisonment and improve conditions of confinement.

This week, the group launched the JAIL / Jail Accountability and Information Line where people imprisoned at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre and their loved ones can call 613-567-JAIL (5245) from 1pm to 4pm on weekdays. The JAIL hotline has two objectives: accountability and information.

It aims to hold OCDC staff and management, along with the Ontario Ministry of Community and Correctional Service and provincial government, accountable for their administration of the Innes Road jail and encourage the observance of human rights standards for prisoners housed there. To this end, when the JAIL receives reports of problematic conditions and mistreatment of prisoners at OCDC, volunteers work with callers to identify potential solutions and take steps to attempt to prevent further harm. The JAIL also provides callers with contact information to local community care and service providers to help facilitate the safe re-entry of prisoners into the community upon release from OCDC.

If you are interested in prison justice work and want to volunteer for the JAIL hotline, contact Justin Piché (Associate Professor) via email at Volunteer roles include fundraising, research, French and English communications, building community partnerships with care and services providers who can facilitate prisoner re-entry, developing complaint resolution plans, as well as call intake and debriefing.

To learn more about the JAIL hotline, read articles about it published in the Ottawa Citizen by journalist Bruce Deachman and CBC News, listen to Professor Piché’s interview on All in a Day with CBC Radio Ottawa’s Alan Neal or watch his interview on Ottawa News at 6 with CBC Ottawa’s Adrian Harewood (at 26:45 to 33:40).


CPEP members publish op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen, to hold rally denouncing deaths in custody tomorrow

Sarah Speight (PhD student, Geography, uOttawa), Souheil Benslimane (BA student, Social Innovation, St. Paul’s University), Aaron Doyle (Chair, Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University) and Justin Piché (Associate Professor, Criminology, uOttawa) of the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project (CPEP) have published an op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen entitled “Stop criminalizing people living with mental health issues. It kills.” The piece discusses the Coroner’s inquest into the circumstances that led to the death of Cas Geddies, who ended-up in solitary confinement at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre instead of receiving care and compassion in the community.

CPEP is organizing a rally beginning at 8:30am tomorrow at the Canadian Tribute for Human Rights (corner of Elgin and Lisgar) to mark the resumption of the inquest, and to demand an end to the harms caused by punishing rather than supporting members of our communities. Click here for more details.

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Un nouvel article publié par la professeure Strimelle et sa collègue


Véronique Strimelle (Professeur Agrégé) de même que sa collègue Alice Jaspart de l’Université libre de Bruxelles viennent tout juste de publier un nouvel article dans la revue Nouvelles pratiques sociales ayant pour titre L’appel à un tiers en cas de conflit interindividuel : Expériences de médiateurs et d’intervenants.

Les deux chercheuses traitent des situations de déprivatisation des conflits lorsque les gens se tournent vers un tiers en dehors de la sphère juridico-pénale en se basant sur des expériences relatées par des médiateurs sociaux et d’autres intervenants travaillant en règlement des conflits.

Numéro de la revue Criminologie dirigé par les professeurs Cauchie, Corriveau et Perreault


Jean-François Cauchie (Professeur agrégé), Patrice Corriveau (Professeur titulaire) et Isabelle Perreault (Professeure agrégée) ont dirigé un numéro thématique de la revue Criminologie intitulé Prise en charge du suicide: entre crime, troubles mentaux et droit de mourir.

Parmi les articles du numéro, on retrouve “Un droit criminel en retrait ou en introspection? Les plaintes déposées pour tentative de suicide dans le district judiciaire de Montréal (1908-1919)”, rédigé par Jean-François Cauchie, Patrice Corriveau, Bryan Hamel (diplômé du programme de maîtrise) et leur collègue Annie Lyonnais. Le numéro compte aussi un article de David Joubert (Professeur agrégé) intitulé “Psychopathologie, traitement et genre en milieu psycholégal: associations avec les conduites suicidaires”.

Justin Piché et son collègue publient un nouvel article

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Justin Piché (Professeur agrégé) de même que son collègue Kevin Walby de l’Université de Winnipeg ont récemment publié un article ayant pour titre Les musées de prison au Canada : une réflexion abolitionniste. Paru dans la revue Déviance et Société dans un numéro spécial portant sur le « Système pénal et patrimonialisation : entre lieux de mémoire et tourisme carcéral », cet article s’intéresse à 45 prisons transformées en musées au Canada tout en se demandant si celles-ci peuvent alimenter le projet abolitionniste ou, à l’inverse, faire obstacle au démantèlement du système carcéral. Ils concluent que dans la majorité des cas, ces sites réaffirment les définitions étatiques, juridiques et populaires de ce qui constitue un « crime », diabolisent les « criminels » de manière qui sert à justifier leur criminalisation et leur captivité.

New publication by Steven Bittle and Jon Frauley on corporate crime


Steven Bittle (Associate Professor) and Jon Frauley (Associate Professor) recently published a new article in the special issue Crimes of the Powerful: The Canadian Context of the journal Critical Criminology. In their article titled “The Profits of Recognition: A Praxeological Approach to Corporate Crime”, the two researchers empirically demonstrate the benefits of this approach by examining state efforts to discipline corporations through criminal law in Canada and the United Kingdom, arguing that law’s rational actor model serves to have us “misrecognize” the genesis of corporate offending and, in the process, “reproduces the myth that compliance is a distinctly legal phenomenon.” The issue of Critical Criminology is also co-edited by Steven Bittle.

Dominique Robert et Esther Danais-Raymond publient un nouvel article

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Dominique Robert (Professeur agrégée) et Esther Danais-Raymond (Étudiante diplômée à la maitrise en criminologie de l’Université d’Ottawa en 2017) viennent récemment de publier dans la revue Criminologie un nouvel article ayant pour titre “Faire entendre sa plainte. Le savoir-faire mobilisé dans la composition des rapports disciplinaires en prison.” Cette recherche s’intéresse à des rapports disciplinaires produits sur un an dans une prison québécoise en en faisant une analyse de discours qui cerne les ordres de justice de même que les répertoires interprétatifs mobilisés par les agents qui voient à faire entendre leurs plaintes.

Shift the Power: a day of workshops on community mobilization

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What is the role of a community's agency when we talk about implementing projects that address social issues specific to a certain context? What are the practical differences between international initiatives and local ones? Who holds the power in the decision-making process - and if not the community, how do we shift this power to them?

The Community Mobilization in Crisis (CMIC) initiative is organizing a day of workshops to familiarize local community mobilizers and groups with training materials produced by CMIC as well as gain their feedback and engage in a discussion on how to best improve, adapt, and contextualize the materials for use by community mobilizers, NGO staff, and local groups and initiatives with the focus on "Shifting the Power". This project is led by Emily Wills (Assistant Professor, Political Studies) and Nadia Abu-Zahra (Associate Professor, International Development and Global Studies). David Moffette (Assistant Professor) from our department is part of the SSHRC connexion grant that supports this event.

Monday November 26th, 2018 11 AM to 2 PM
University of Ottawa, LMX 407

To register please complete this form, or contact CMIC directly at